PM360 Announces Winners of 2015 Trailblazer Awards

PM360 recognized the best innovators in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries with their annual Trailblazer Awards Gala on Friday, September 25, 2015. The honors, bestowed at a gala banquet at Gotham Hall in New York City, are given to outstanding companies, marketers, brand managers and initiatives.

As always, the awards honor the pharma and medical device marketers and companies whose work over the past year best exemplified the forward thinking this industry needs. This was also the first year PM360 honored both Gold and Silver winners in the Company of the Year categories. The Pharmaceutical/Biotech Company of the Year Gold Winner went to Pfizer while Astellas Pharma US took home Silver. Entrepreneur Leerom Segal, who co-founded Klick at age 17, was named the Trailblazer Marketer of the Year for his consistent ability to revolutionize how the industry operates. This year’s PM360 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Timothy G. Rothwell, Former Chairman, President and CEO of Sanofi US and current Chairman Emeritus of the Pheo-Para Alliance, a not-for-profit organization

“Tim Rothwell is industry icon beloved by all who worked with him, in part because of how much he cared about each and every one of his colleagues,” explains Anna Stashower, CEO/Publisher of PM360. “He is continuing to push the industry forward with his work at the Pheo-Para Alliance and their search for treatments for pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma.”

Entries are judged and winners selected by the PM360 Editorial Advisory Board, a cross section of experts from across the industry. Winning entries were judged based on different criteria for each major category including Company of Year (innovation, talent development and social responsibility), Brand Champions (innovation, leadership, communication, analytical and organizational skills) and Initiatives (content, format, success in reaching targeted audience and overall quality).

Each distinguished themselves in their ability to stand out in the complex healthcare environment. Additionally, the Marketer of the Year award singles out the individual who best exemplifies the most insightful, forward-thinking and transformative marketing ideas and actions in the industry.

This year’s PM360 Trailblazer winners include:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

Timothy G. Rothwell, former Chairman, President and CEO of Sanofi US and current Chairman Emeritus of the Pheo-Para Alliance, a not-for-profit organization

MARKETER OF THE YEAR

Leerom Segal, CEO & Co-founder, Klick Inc.

PHARMACEUTICAL/BIOTECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Silver Winner

Astellas Pharma US

PHARMACEUTICAL/BIOTECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Gold Winner

Pfizer

MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Silver Winner

Abbott

MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Gold Winner

St. Jude Medical

SPECIALTY PHARMA COMPANY OF THE YEAR Silver Winner

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

SPECIALTY PHARMA COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Gold Winner

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

ADVERTISING AGENCY OF THE YEAR: Silver Winner

Fingerpaint

ADVERTISING AGENCY OF THE YEAR: Gold Winner

The Bloc

SUPPLIER/VENDOR OF THE YEAR: Silver Winner

Skipta

SUPPLIER/VENDOR OF THE YEAR: Gold Winner

CMI/Compas

 

BRAND CHAMPION AWARD WINNERS

Autoimmune: Emily J. Rose, Sr. Channel Planning Manager, HUMIRA, AbbVie

Cardiology: Paula H. Palmer, Senior Associate Director, Boehringer Ingelheim

Central Nervous System: Susan Mahoney, Associate Director, CNS Marketing, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dermatology: Debra D’Amico, Associate Director Dermatology Marketing, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Diabetes/Metabolic Disorders: Janie Wang, Associate Director, Diabetes Franchise, Merck & Co., Inc.

Gastrointestinal: Rich Appiah, Group Product Director, Immunology Marketing, Janssen Biotech

Hematology/Oncology: Fatima Scipione, Associate Director, Nurse and Patient Marketing, Takeda Oncology

Infectious Diseases: Christopher Connolly, Professional Promotion Lead, Gram-positive Antibiotic Franchise, Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Innovation: TIE: Lars Merk, Marketing Director Diabetes, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Brad Updegrove, Sr. Procurement Manager, Janssen

Managed Markets: Peter Grossman, Market Access Brand Director, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Medical Device/Diagnostics: Colleen Reinhart, Director Marketing – Patient & Therapy Awareness, Edwards Lifesciences

Men’s Health: Amelia C. Irvine, Director, Business Analytics & Insights, Pfizer

Ophthalmology: Wes Paterson, Sr. Brand Manager, Multifocal Contact Lenses, Alcon, a Novartis Company

Pain/Inflammation: Chris Johnson, Marketing Director, Movantik, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Rare Diseases: Jeanine Gallagher, Senior Product Manager, Hospital Marketing, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

Respiratory: Jared Kurtz, Associate Director Respiratory Marketing, Boehringer Ingelheim

Women’s Health: Matthew Barry, Associate Director, Urology Marketing, Astellas Pharma US, Inc

 

INITIATIVE WINNERS

APP/DIGITAL SOLUTION OR SUITE

Procrit Health View App (Janssen Products, LP, Sudler & Hennessey)

CONSUMER WEBSITE/ONLINE INITIATIVE

Life Unscripted (Lifescript)

DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER CAMPAIGN

VIAGRA Campaign (Pfizer, BBDO, RAPP)

DIRECT-TO-PATIENT CAMPAIGN

Kineret NOMID Direct-to-Patient Campaign (Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, The Bloc)

EMR/EHR PROGRAM

PDR Prescriber-Patient Encounters of the EMR Kind (PDR, LLC)

HCP EDUCATION

The EPI Challenge Sales Aid (AbbVie, Intouch Solutions)

INTERACTIVE MARKETING PROGRAM

Sunovion Answers: LATUDA eCRM (Sunovion, MRM//McCann)

PATIENT/CONSUMER EDUCATION

Act on Red Campaign (Galderma, Ogilvy Healthworld)

PERSISTENCE/ADHERENCE PROGRAM

MS LifeLines Ambassador Program (EMD Serono, Pfizer Inc., Snow Companies)

POINT OF CARE

SEROQUEL XR 14-day Sample Kit for Bipolar Depression (AstraZeneca)

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Otezla, The Billboard Campaign (Celgene, PALIO)

PROFESSIONAL CAMPAIGN

Symbicort “Rev the Fev” Campaign (AstraZeneca, AbelsonTaylor)

PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE/ONLINE INITIATIVE

Battling Resistance Campaign (Merck/Cubist, Dudnyk)

SALES AID

Oxistat Sales Aid (PharmaDerm, Natrel)

SELF-PROMOTION

Klick MUSE (Klick Inc.)

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Free Killer Tan (Mollie’s Fund, Area 23)

UNBRANDED CAMPAIGN

CREON Solutions at the Shelf Program (AbbVie, Rx EDGE Pharmacy Networks, Digitas Health)

VIDEO/TV CAMPAIGN

Amitiza Commercial (Takeda Pharmaceuticals, AbelsonTaylor)

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